Chopra hits ton as rain-marred tour match ends in draw

Published: Monday, September 29, 2003, 2:41 [IST]
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Visakhapatnam: Board President's XI scored 227 for one in their first innings as New Zealand's rain-interrupted tour opener ended in a draw on the third and final day on Sunday.Test aspirant Akash Chopra hit a fine unbeaten 103 while Yuvraj Singh remained not out on 80. Resuming at their lunch score of 48 without loss, the home side lost Test discard S S Das (16) but Yuvraj and Chopra played confidently in contrasting styles to take their team past the 100 mark in the first full session of the rain-marred match at the ACA-VDCA stadium. Chopra, who opened the batting with skipper Virender Sehwag on the first day, batted confidently without taking chances in his bid to catch the selectors' attention in the run-up to the first Test against the visitors at Ahmedabad beginning October 8.

The Delhi batsman posted the 50 of the innings with a single of Vettori 12 minutes after lunch as none of the Kiwi bowlers looked threatening on a wicket which offered little assistance to them. Das, who arrived at the wicket in the morning as the indisposed Sehwag could not come out to bat, failed to impress the selectors as he departed in the ninth over after lunch when he was caught brilliantly by wicket-keeper Robbie Hart off pacer Ian Butler, who had begun the bowling operations from the pavilion end after the tea break. The former Test opener tried to glance down the leg-side but only managed a nick and Hart dived full length to his left to bring off a fine catch inches off the ground.

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